Homeowners invest much money in the major appliances in their kitchen. Dishwashers and refrigerators cost thousands of dollars. Considering that significant investment, many electricians face questions about extending the life of these costly by necessary tools in every kitchen across the country. Unfortunately, those same homeowners don’t know that many of the tips that help extend the life of these major appliances will also help them operate more cost-effectively. Try these tips in your home to lengthen the life of your kitchen appliances and reduce your monthly utility bills.
TLC For Your Fridge
Investing a little time and care in your kitchen refrigerator will extend its life expectancy, keep the temperature of your food more consistent, and help reduce your electric bill.
First, unplug the fridge from the outlet. Then access the condenser coil for cleaning and vacuuming. Some units have the coil on the back, while others have it tucked under the unit but accessible from the front. Your owner’s manual should provide any brand or model-specific information needed to clean the condenser coils on your fridge correctly.
If you have an older model fridge and freezer combo that does not automatically defrost, you should add that to your to-do list. Never let the ice in the freezer get more than ¼” thick. Also, be sure to vacuum the freezer vents after defrosting the unit. Check your owner’s manual for other information about removing and cleaning drip trays or properly replacing water filters.
Finally, regularly clean the door seals on both the fridge and freezer doors. Spills and sticky handprints attract more grime and prevent the doors from sealing properly when they close. If you have noticed that your refrigerator and freezer are not staying as cold as they once did, the culprit could be dirty door seals. This step will also reward you with a noticeable decrease in your electric bill for the month.
While this information is specifically about your kitchen refrigerator, remember that it also applies to the mini-fridge in the family room, out by the pool, or in the outdoor BBQ island.
Extending The Life Of Your Dishwasher
While your dishwasher spends its life cleaning dirty dishes, it still needs a hand from you to remain clean inside. First, be sure to inspect the bottom filter for food waste and debris stuck in the mesh screen. Clean this filter to eliminate nasty odors caused by bacteria and spoiling food remnants.
Check the spray arms regularly for signs of mineral build-up that could inhibit water distribution. Those deposits could be the reason for streaked or dirty dishes after a wash cycle has been completed. Finally, run a monthly cleaning cycle to help eliminate odors and stains from the inside of the unit.
Extending The Life Of Small Kitchen Appliances
Most small electrical appliances are not designed to remain plugged in when not in use. For example, anything with a light, clock, or illuminated dial consumes power when it is plugged in, even if it is turned off. That wears on the appliance and shortens its life. And as the item ages, it increases the potential for an electrical fire in your home. So unplug those small items like a can opener, toaster oven, or mixer when they are not in use to reduce your electric bill and the wear on your modern conveniences.
If you have any concerns about the safety of any electric appliance in your kitchen, call (501) 426-5624. The licensed electricians at Money Electric will provide you with the answers you need to keep your family and home safe from electrical hazards.